When historians looks back on the current era, as they now do upon the nineteen-eighties, it may well be with a sense of respectful nostalgia for the first female president of the United States – a Republican.
Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister, shared the eighties world stage, and more than held her own, with the likes of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. She was no darling of the liberal media (a.k.a. ‘mainstream media’) establishment, who, in fact, loathed her as much as they did her political soul mate, Mr. Reagan. Only in retrospect have Ms. Thatcher’s considerable strengths and accomplishments become almost universally acknowledged.
As Carly Fiorina gains further momentum in her bid for the U.S. presidency, the liberal long knives will be brandished ever more vigorously. However, one of the qualities Ms. Fiorina shares with Ms. Thatcher is an ability to weather the establishment’s onslaught, to rise above it and remain steadfast, with dignity and grace. She is not one to be rattled, which will benefit her in the challenging months ahead.
As discussed previously on these pages, Carly Fiorina remains one to watch and to take seriously as a potential Republican nominee. If she does not secure the nomination, she’ll be the obvious choice as a vice-presidential running mate. It is too early to tell who will rise to the top of the Republican field in 2016, however, Fiorina is among those most likely to occupy a spot on the national ticket. Whoever occupies the other half of said ticket, when combined with a highly intelligent, principled, conservative woman, will be nigh impossible to beat.